Getty ImagesOne of my all-time favorite designers, Betsey Johnson, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award this week at the National Arts Club here in New York City. Prior recepients include Carolina Herrera, Jeff Koons, Lynn Redgrave, Salvador Dali, Martin Scorsese and Whoopie Goldberg. I've loved Betsey since I first discovered her and her designs as an early teen. Her style is very whimsical and girly yet strong, and extremely '80s inspired. (And since it's October, I'd like to note she's also a breast cancer survivor. Yay!) The only thing I could possibly find wrong with Betsey Johnson, is that her prices are too high for everyone to afford. Back in the '90s, I found an awesome pink floral Betsey Johnson gown on sale for $62 at Woodbury Commons outlets in New York to wear to my prom. I have no doubt that I was the envy of many of my friends. Sadly, most Betsey Johnson items are still out of my price range. In fact, Saks Fifth Avenue called me this week to notify me that my card has beenRead More »from Betsey Johnson may do an affordable diffusion lineâ€”can all designers follow suit?
Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Oct 15, 2009 10:08 PM EDT
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 14, 2009 10:08 PM EDT
Getty ImagesSixteen-year-old actress Taylor Momsen has been getting a lot of heat lately for wearing too much makeup and her stringy, dirty looking hair extensions. She started out as Dan Humphrey's innocent younger sister Jenny (Little J) on "Gossip Girl," but quickly morphed into a bad seed who disobeyed her father, moved away from home, dropped out of school, and took her clothes off for a photographer. Though Jenny has cleaned up her act a bit on the current season of "Gossip Girl," we can't help but notice that Momsen's life and style off camera has mirrored her transformation. As the singer for rock band Pretty Reckless, her clean cut look was ditched for a grungier one that includes loads of eye makeup and messy hair that looks like she just rolled out of bed. Yes she's only 16, but is this too much makeup? Especially for a celebrity?Read More »from Did you over-style your hair and makeup as a teenager?
Thinking back to my own teenage years, my friends all went overboard on the styling products. Lucky for me I missed the perm trend, but with natural curls, I
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Oct 14, 2009 7:34 PM EDT
photoshopdisasters.blogspot.comLast week Ralph Lauren came under fire for (what looked to be) an extremely altered photo of a model in one of its ads. Bloggers at the website BoingBoing.net posted the image online, and lawyers for Ralph Lauren attempted to sue them for copyright infringement. Unfortunately for Ralph Lauren, this only furthered public interest and outrage over the dangerously thin looking model and, eventually, the clothing company released this apology:Read More »from Was the photoshopped Ralph Lauren model fired for being overweight?
"For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."
Unfortunately,"addressing the problem" may have included firing the model, 23-year-old Filippa Hamilton. She is 5'10" and weighs 120 pounds--clearly more
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 13, 2009 11:38 PM EDT
Getty ImagesRemember hearing about that creepy pedicure technique in China where people put their feet in a tank full of hungry fish that nibble the dead skin off your feet? Diane Sawyer even tested out the treatment on "Good Morning America." She was a good sport about it, but we, on the other hand, were horrified. Apparently it's gained momentum Stateside as an increasingly popular salon treatment, and finally cosmetology boards have come to the conclusion it is unsanitary. Can we just say: DUH!Read More »from New York may finally ban that disgusting fish pedicure
Sorry to get all germaphobe on you, but do you know how many different bacteria are living in normal salons? Germs and dead are constantly skin floating through the hot bubbling jets in one of those massaging pedicure spa chairs, and can never be fully sanitized. Spa technicians sometimes reuse toold that are meant to be used once, or don't clean up properly, and innocent victims who go in or a mani/pedi are sent home with staph infections, athlete's foot, or worse. Now imagine that hundreds of little
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Oct 13, 2009 6:16 PM EDT
Last night I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Kylie Minogue perform at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom during her first American tour, "For You, For Me." After seeing her sing and dance her way through a few songs years ago at a party for "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," I knew I'd be in for a real treat, but I had no idea how overwhelmed I would be by the show. Or that Kylie can really, truly sing--she did one song upon request a cappella and floored everyone.
The audience was largely made up of women and gay men--more than you'd even find at a Madonna concert. This might be typical for a dancey pop act, but it quickly became apparent what the real appeal was. Kylie puts on an extravagant, over-the-top show wearing the most incredible designer costumes I've ever seen. There were about 10 wardrobe changes throughout the evening, and each one was more enthralling than the next. After recognizing her space age costume from the Fall 2009 Jean-Paul Gaultier collection, I did aRead More »from Kylie Minogue brings couture from runway to the stage for a mind-blowing performance
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Oct 12, 2009 10:00 PM EDT
While Fashion Week in Paris and Milan are known for their luxurious and extravagant fashions, sometimes the designers push it a little too far. Alexander McQueen's avant guard looks reached new heights atop 10" heels, while lucite heels and dominatrix boots got a high-fashion twist. Think you'd never refuse Vutton, Versace and Valentino? Here's some over-the-top footwear you'd likely pass up even if you could actually walk in them.
Remember when J.Lo first launched her now famous Glow perfume back in 2002, where she herself posed half-naked in the ads? Well time sure flies, and wouldn't you know it, Jennifer Lopez has just launched her 17th fragrance: My Glow. And just how did she amass so many scents so quickly? Well, there's Glow, Miami Glow, Love at First Glow, Glow after Dark, Glow After Dark Shimmer, Sunkissed Glow... wait, what's the difference between Sunkissed Glow and Miami Glow? Well, as you can see, there's a Glow for every occasion, and as of last week there's My Glow, because just in case you didn't realize, all these Glows are the delightful essences of Jennifer Lopez... but she's willing to lend you a spritz for $49.50Read More »from J.Lo Glows again, for the 17th time
What if you don't want to glow? Well there's Live, Live Luxe, and Live Platinum--because the pop diva/actress/designer may be Jenny from the block, but sometimes she still likes to kick it up a notch. And don't worry dudes: J.Lo hasn't forgotten you! You can always pick up a bottle
Tasos Katopodis/Getty ImagesHave you ever worked with someone really cocky who always wanted to get his way no matter what the cost? Now imagine if that person was Kanye West. He was supposed to co-headline a tour with Lady Gaga, and if you know anything about her, you know her provocative outfits, unique image and bountiful hits are strong enough to measure up to a big act like Kanye. That said, their perhaps aptly titled "Fame Kills" tour has been canceled due to "creative differences." Was Kanye worried that Gaga would upstage him? Was Gaga afraid to be linked to him after his obnoxious stint at MTV's Video Music Awards? That's all still unclear. What we do know is the duo couldn't work together, tickets are being refunded, and Lady Gaga is putting together her own smaller tour.Read More »from Celebrity egos too big to work with
A similar thing happened a few years ago when Jay-Z went on tour with R. Kelly. The "Best of Both Worlds Tour" was killed prematurely when R.Kelly claimed that Jay-Z's bodyguards attacked him. Jay-Z said that was not true. During the
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Shine Food – Thu, Oct 1, 2009 9:04 PM EDT
Last night, Madonna was on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and one thing really shocked me. No, it wasn't her being carried into the Ed Sullivan Theater by a bunch of New York Rangers hockey players. No, it wasn't Madge admitting to "smoking a joint" before one of her previous appearances on the show. No, it wasn't her statement that she'd "rather get hit by a train" than get married again. The most surprising moment of the episode for me was when Madonna told Dave she has never had a slice of pizza in a New York pizzeria.Read More »from Madonna takes her first bite out of NYC pizza... For real?!
How can this be? Madonna is trying to tell us she lived in New York City for years as a struggling, upcoming artist and never had New York's most signature, affordable food. (Or would that be a hot dog?) She really never ate a cheap slice at Ray's? Or indulged in a fresh mozzarella pie at Lombardi's? It was really hard to believe her claim (she says it's because she's "not a cheese person"), since you'd think someone like Madonna has done everything. But when
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Oct 1, 2009 7:30 PM EDT
FoxIn the world of televised wardrobe malfunctions, Janet Jackson's Super Bowl nip slip reigns supreme. Hundreds of thousands of viewers saw Justin Timberlake "accidentally" reveal Jackson's nipple ring-adorned breast in the middle of the halftime show and the network was fined $550,000. Well, this week's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance," may go down in TV history for and even worse offense. Contestant #22036 was so excited about her performance, she did a victory dance that involved writhing and flailing her body on the dance floor, allowing the camera, and all of the show's viewers, to see up her dress. Did we mention she wasn't wearing panties? Talk about an over-exposed reality star!Read More »from â€œSo You Think You Can Danceâ€ without panties? Big mistake.
First of all, what is up with all these ladies not wearing underwear? I grew up with hippie parents, but nowhere in my upbringing was I taught that you could or should forego undies to avoid a VPL (visible panty line). In this case, why were seamless bikinis, boy shorts or thongs all negated